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Gertler (1999) argues that the best candidate for an analysis in thespirit of the Ability Hypothesis is to identify knowing what it is liketo have an experience of red with the ability to recognize seeing-redexperiences by their phenomenal quality and then goes on to attack thiscandidate: she points out that the ability to recognize seeing-redexperiences by their phenomenal quality can be explained by the factthat I know what it is like to see red but not vice versa.
Competence Deviance Hypothesis - Discover Ability
But, as pointed out by Tye (2000), this does not underminethe Ability Hypothesis. The Ability hypothesis implies that there issome knowledge that can only be acquired by having experiencesof a particular kind and that this knowledge is nothing butknowing-how. This of course does not exclude that there alsois propositional knowledge that can be acquired bygetting acquainted with kinds of experiences from the first personperspective. The proponent of the Ability Hypothesis only has to insistthat, if there is such propositional knowledge, then itneed not be acquired on that particular basis but isaccessible in other ways as well.